Mod­els must have a voice, Gra­ham says

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Ash­ley Gra­ham is adamant new mod­els break­ing into the in­dus­try need to be more than just “a pretty face.”

The curvy model is one of the hottest names in the busi­ness and has re­cently landed gigs for the likes of Lane Bryant, Revlon andRag&Bone.

Gra­ham, 30, has also cre­ated a swimwear line in part­ner­ship with Swim­suits For All and denim cap­sule col­lec­tion for Ma­rina Ri­naldi, and has now shared how im­por­tant it is for ris­ing stars to di­ver­sify in or­der to have longevity in fash­ion.

“You can’t just be a pretty face,” she told The New York Times. “You can’t just be a hot body. It’s really about be­ing a busi­ness­woman. It’s about hav­ing a voice. It’s about what are you do­ing to change your world and leave a legacy and a mark for the next gen­er­a­tion.”

Gra­ham went on to say she finds it dis­ap­point­ing that it’s al­ways the same fash­ion de­sign­ers that cast plus-size mod­els for Fash­ion Week pre­sen­ta­tions.

“We’re left with prob­a­bly Michael Kors, Chris­tian Siri­ano, Tome, Chro­mat. Oh, Alexan­der McQueen had two curvy girls. And that’s it,” Gra­ham said.

“If you really think about it, there really aren’t a lot of de­sign­ers that are putting curvy women in their shows. But if you think about it glass half full, there’s never been de­sign­ers that put curvy girls in their show.”

As very few curvy mod­els get hired for shows, Gra­ham of­ten feels there’s more pres­sure on her as she needs to rep­re­sent a “whole com­mu­nity.”

And she thinks mod­els sized be­tween a 4 and a 12 strug­gle most to get gigs.

“When you’re a straight-size model, you have to be be­tween a size 0 and a size 4,” Gra­ham said. “When you’re curvy, you have to be be­tween a size 12 and a 16 in or­der to get the great work. So it’s those girls that are in be­tween ... where are the jobs for them?”

Ash­ley Gra­ham

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